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Brakes on outgoing Delta flight lock up at Tri-Cities Airport

HANK HAYES, Kingsport Times News • Jun 28, 2019 at 11:25 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — A second incident in as many days involving a passenger flight at Tri-Cities Airport occurred Thursday.

A scheduled Delta Air Lines flight taking off around 8 a.m. had to be aborted when the plane’s brakes locked up, Deputy Airport Director David Jones told Airport Authority commissioners at their Thursday meeting.

“Once the brakes locked up, they were in a safety area,” Jones said. “We had to shut down that particular runway. We kept Runway 27 (a crosswind runway) open. We had a couple departures of GA (general aviation) aircraft. Tri-City Aviation went to take a look at it. They did roll the aircraft with a tow bar and moved the aircraft out of the safety area and then was to coordinate with Delta to get some buses out there to unload those folks. They were not able to get the brakes unlocked. They pushed it back to a corner of the apron so it was out of the way, and they are currently unloading passengers.” More of the story from the Kingsport Times News.